Digital Academy set to transform NHS care

The University of Edinburgh| Fri Sep 01 06:41:16 EDT 2017
Digital Academy set to transform NHS care

Digital masterclasses are to be offered to healthcare professionals to drive innovation in the NHS and improve patient care.

Edinburgh is joining forces with Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School to launch a Digital Academy.

The virtual organisation aims to train 300 leaders for the health service over the next three years.

It will be formally launched on 12 September at the Expo in Manchester by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.

It will equip healthcare professionals with the skills to use new technology to improve the patient experience, and deliver service efficiencies.

Experts are developing 12-month, part-time training programmes for staff. These will cover topics including leadership and transformational change, public attitudes to the sharing of data and responding to user needs.

Courses will mainly be delivered online but will also include a residential component and a workplace project.

Participants will have access to the world’s foremost experts to ensure they graduate with an international outlook and a network of global leaders in the field.

Professor Aziz Sheikh, Director of the University of Edinburgh’s

Usher Institute

of Population Health has been appointed Co-Director of the Digital Academy.

Developments in digital capabilities and data science are transforming many facets of our lives. It is crucial that these developments are now also harnessed to improve health care processes and patient experiences.

Plans to establish an Digital Academy were announced by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, during a speech in 2016. Edinburgh, Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School were selected to lead its development following a competitive tender process.

Digital Academy Co-Director Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham said a world-class team has been assembled. The partner institutions have an unrivalled record of using academic rigour to translate ground-breaking research into digital health solutions.

Matthew Swindells, National Director of Operations and Information at England, said a digitally transformed NHS demands a workforce that has the skills, knowledge and insights to improve and innovate.

The NHS Digital Academy will train and support the next generation of clinical and IT leaders to ensure that they have the skills, expertise and access to the foremost experts in the world to safely and securely use IT to support continuous improvements in the ways in which the NHS works and the care it delivers.

The Academy will support work already underway via the Building a Digital Ready Workforce (BDRW) National Information Board (NIB) programme led by NHS Digital. It will be the first national structured development programme in change management, leadership and clinical informatics.

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